As you may know the Askett Society, working with RCDG, successfully raised funds to provide a Public Access Defibrillator for Askett. It is now installed outside the Three Crowns making it available 24/7 for Emergency use.
What you may not know is that, in the event of an emergency where a Defibrillator is needed, time is vital for the patient. Cardiac arrest means seconds count and there is around a maximum of ten minutes if a possible successful outcome is to be achieved.
In most situations the application of CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) to the heart is the first response required as oxygen is needed to be pumped around the body and especially to the brain. CPR should be used when a person stops breathing and his heart has stopped beating. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and heart until a defibrillator or emergency team arrives to get the heart beating normall
It is likely that help would be required to fetch the Defibrillator.
So, what do you have to do if called into action?
- Call 999, this will alert the Emergency Services to the situation and ensure help is on the way.
- If directed by the Emergency Services and using the code given, get the Defibrillator either yourself or by somebody else able to help. All the time keeping in contact with the Emergency Services.
- When back follow the directions of the Emergency Services for the use of the Defibrillator.
An Awareness and Confidence training session will be arranged just as soon as is safe so that everybody can feel in a position to be able to react to this emergency situation.
If you would like to read more about the Rural Community Defibrillator Group please follow the link!
Best wishes, Anna Crookes